Tour bid gets backing of MPs

Tour bid gets backing of MPs

Published at 9:42am 31st May 2012. (Updated at 8:59am 20th January 2014)

MPs are backing a bid to bring the world's biggest cycle race to Yorkshire.

An early day motion has been tabled in Parliament to support efforts to bring the start of the Tour de France here in 2016.

The bid already has the backing of Britain's World Champion Mark Cavendish.

Greg Mulholland, Otley’s MP, commented: "Yorkshire is a beautiful part of the world, with fantastic geography that attracts cyclists from home and abroad and which would make for a great Grand Départ, setting the tone for a thrilling Tour.

"In the coming five years, Britain will host the best of athletics, of rugby, of golf - it's only natural that we now want to add cycling to that prestigious line-up.

"I would encourage everyone in Yorkshire to 'Back le Bid', by signing Welcome to Yorkshire's petition and calling on county MPs to back the motion. Let's prove that we’ve got what it takes- and let’s bring the Tour to Yorkshire!"

The Tour is the world's largest annual sporting event with a global audience of 88 million people.

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, said: "Yorkshire has stunning scenery and countryside which is already enjoyed by many cyclists, both those who live and work in the area and those who visit from across the UK and beyond.

"It would be fantastic to be able to showcase our stunning county by hosting a leg of one of the world's greatest sporting events and I know that we have the skills and experience in Yorkshire to make the event a success."